Here's What You'll Need to Build a Backyard Chicken Coop

Many families are choosing to raise backyard chickens for fun, to teach their kids responsibility, and to enhance their sustainable lifestyle. Plus, the taste of a freshly laid egg is unlike anything you’ll find in the supermarket. It’s easier than you think to build your own backyard chicken coop. Before you rent the equipment you’ll need, figure out where the best location is. Ideally, your coop should be located close to an outdoor power source.

Coop Designs

Free chicken coop plans are readily available online, or you can draft your own blueprints. The trick is to make sure your coop will be large enough to keep your flock happy and healthy. If your flock doesn’t have enough space, you might find yourself dealing with unhealthy, cannibalistic chickens. The general rule of thumb is to have at least three square feet of space per chicken, but more is always better. You’ll also need one nest box for every three chickens, and you’ll need an attached chicken run. You’ll need eight to 10 square feet of space in the outdoor run for each chicken. The outdoor run should be enclosed on all sides, including the top, with chicken wire mesh to protect your flock from predators.

Equipment

There’s no need to purchase a bunch of power tools. Keep your costs low by renting the following tools.

  • Auger (for digging post holes)
  • Screw gun
  • Roof nailer
  • Circular saw

You’ll also need a level, tape measure, and saw horses. A carpenter’s pencil is handy for marking your cuts on the wood.

Materials

The specific type and amount of materials you’ll need vary, depending on your coop design. If you need assistance, you can bring your coop plans into a builder’s supply store. The sales clerk there should be able to figure out how much of the following materials you’ll need:

  • Chicken wire
  • Posts
  • 2.5” coated exterior deck screws
  • Roof nails
  • 2 X 4 framing lumber
  • Plywood

Don’t forget that you’ll have to build a perch, where your chickens will sleep, and nesting boxes, where they’ll lay eggs. When you get the structure built, plant some chicken-friendly vegetation in the run. Your chickens will love snacking on any of the following:

  • Nasturtium
  • Thyme
  • Fennel
  • Lavender
  • Comfrey
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

All the equipment you need to build a backyard chicken coop is available at A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer all sorts of tools from top brands, including cutting tools, air tools, and drills available near Oakland, CA. Call a friendly sales associate at (650) 369-2992.


What You Need to Know About Installing a Paver Walkway

Installing a paver walkway can instantly upgrade the curb appeal of your property. The project is easier than you may think with the help of the right equipment rentals for the job.

This video shows you the steps involved in a paver walkway project. Before you install the pavers, make sure to dig at least seven inches deep to form the base, and be sure to use a compactor to ensure that the foundation of the walkway is stable and tight.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to install your new walkway, including a range of compaction equipment. To find out about all of our equipment rentals in Redwood City, from drills and air tools to augers and trenching gear, contact us at (650) 369-2992.


Essential Safety Tips for Portable Generator Use

When used properly, generator rentals make it easy to have power in your party tent, beat electrical blackouts, and ensure that you have the power you need on a construction site, but without the proper safety precautions, your guests or employees could be at risk. If you plan to rent a portable generator, be sure to follow these safety rules to protect yourself and everyone else who will be exposed to the generator.

Don’t Run the Generator in an Enclosed Space

The biggest risk associated with generators is carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators should never be run in enclosed spaces, such as party tents, and they should never be run indoors. They should always be placed at least 15 feet from an enclosed structure. Carbone monoxide is clear and odorless, so it can build up in an area without anyone being aware of it. If you’re using a generator, consider using a battery-operated carbon monoxide monitor nearby, so you can get an alert if an unsafe level of the gas is detected in the air.

Allow the Generator to Cool Before Refueling

For gas-operated portable generators, the generator must be allowed to cool before being refueled. Both gasoline and gas vapors are flammable, and they can ignite when they come into contact with hot parts of the generator. The generator should cool for at least two minutes before you attempt to refuel, but longer is even better. If you are keeping the gas on hand for the generator, keep it in approved containers and store it away from all heat sources.

Avoid Operating Generators in the Rain

The voltage created by generators can be extremely dangerous to operate in the rain. If you think it could be raining when you need to operate the generator, talk to your equipment rental company about using tents or other covers to vent it.

Let A-1 Equipment Rental Center help you select the right generator in San Mateo for your needs. We’re also available to answer all of your questions about safe generator operations. Arrange a generator rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.


Avoid These Common Concrete Project Mistakes

Concrete is a durable and versatile material, which makes it ideal for a wide range of products. However, mistakes can easily happen during the installation process that compromise the final result. Ensuring that you have the right equipment rentals for the job you are doing is the first step to getting the results you want. Avoiding these common mistakes will also help you successfully complete the job.

Failing to Adequately Prepare the Site

Without proper site preparation, concrete projects inevitably fail, either immediately or in the future. Before concrete is prepared, the site has to be thoroughly prepared by carefully leveling the surface. Compacting equipment must be used to pack the base foundation to make it flat and sturdy. Failing to do so will allow the concrete to sink. The job might look uneven when it is finished, or the sinking may occur over time, causing cracks and other flaws.

Adding Too Much Water to the Mix

When you mix concrete, any mistake will interfere with the final result. Often, people add extra water to the concrete mix because it makes it easier to spread or because doing so makes the surface look smoother. However, adding too much water will make the concrete weaker than normal, shortening its lifespan. Be sure to use a volumetric concrete mixer so that you get the mix just right without adding excessive water.

Removing the Forms Too Early

Before the concrete is completely set, the forms hold everything in place exactly where you want it. When the concrete appears stable, you may be tempted to remove the forms so you can be done with the job, but you should always wait for the full set time—24 to 48 hours—before attempting to remove the forms. Doing so too early could cause you to have to restart the entire project.

A-1 Equipment Rental Center has everything you need to complete your concrete project the right way every time. Our range of equipment rentals is perfect for professional contractors and DIY homeowners alike. Call us today at (650) 369-2992 to learn more about our equipment rentals in San Jose.


How to Use a Plumbing Snake

If you’re dealing with clogged drains, a plumbing snake could be the answer. A plumbing snake—also called an auger—is more effective than a plunger and doesn’t involve the use of chemicals, unlike drain cleaners. Consider renting an auger to deal with your clogged drains to save yourself time and money.

Using a plumbing snake is relatively straightforward. Put down towels to protect the floor around the drain and put on gloves to protect your hands. Guide the auger into the drain and gently twist the snake as you move it through the drain. Once you start to feel some resistance from the blockage, continue turning the snake until you feel pressure against your movement. Slowly pull out the snake, which will simultaneously pull out the clog. Rinse the drain with water to clear any debris left behind.

Tackle your plumbing issues with equipment rental from A-1 Equipment Rental Center. We offer auger rental in Oakland along with a huge selection of tools and job site equipment. Set up your rental today by calling (650) 369-2992.


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